Down Memory Lane

Cross Cafe - Lanark
Cross Cafe - Lanark

Discover the stories that made the Carluke and Lanark Gazette headlines, all those years ago.

CHAPPIES AT CHIPPY: Lanark cafe owner Joe Porcelli (second right) used to love spending Saturday mornings with his buddies at The Cross Cafe. Joe and friends, including Archie Neill, Harry Dewson, Robert Wilson, John Millar, Alex Morrison and Bryden Yuill, held open discussions on sporting subjects. What they didn’t know about sport wasn’t worth knowing! See Letters for George Skillen’s tribute to Joe.


n The annual Service of Remembrance took place at the War Memorial in Carluke’s Market Square. On this occasion the service was conducted by Rev Peter Mackenzie.

n A petition signed by residents of Yieldshields, Kilncadzow and Roadmeetings was brought to the Third District Council in response to the lack of a bus service between Biggar and Carluke.

n Five men from Coatbridge were injured when their car struck a parapet on the Cleghorn Bridge. All five men were taken to Law Hospital for treatment.

n There was hope for local miners who had been made redundant by the closure of a pit in West Calder. The men were to be put forward for future employment at a pit in Bathgate.

n The death was announced of ex-Provost Alexander JJ Ross, who died aged 81 at Law Hospital.

n A truly fantastic total of £27.12s had been raised from the recent door-to-door collection in Law by the Co-operative Women’s Guild, raising money for Cancer Research.


n The second session of the Lanark Young Men’s Literacy and Debating Society argued over the discussion “Are We Too Much Governed.” The majority were in favour of the negative answer.

n The outrageous conduct of a lodger at the Burgh Lodging House saw a labourer fined £1, with the alternative of 10 days imprisonment, at the Burgh Police Court.

n Under the auspices of the South Lanark Liberal Association, Mr O’Mahoney, of Kerry, addressed the audience on the subject of Irish Home Rule and the Balkans.

n It was announced that the Law Co-operative Society would take over the delivery of the village’s bread which had previously been done by the Carluke Co-operative.

n A young Carluke man was killed in Oregon having emigrated their some time ago. A great degree of sympathy was extended to his mother who still lived in Kirkton Street.

n There was tragedy when a Carstairs Junction brakeman was killed when he fell across the line at Lockerbie.